School of Mathematics

New Results on Projections

Guy Moshkovitz
Member, School of Mathematics
January 22, 2019

What is the largest number of projections onto k coordinates guaranteed in every family of m binary vectors of length n? This fundamental question is intimately connected to important topics and results in combinatorics and computer science (Turan number, Sauer-Shelah Lemma, Kahn-Kalai-Linial Theorem, and more), and is wide open for most settings of the parameters. We essentially settle the question for linear k and sub-exponential m. 

Based on joint work with Noga Alon and Noam Solomon.

Regularity of weakly stable codimension 1 CMC varifolds

Neshan Wickramasekera
University of Cambridge; Member, School of Mathematics
January 15, 2019
The lecture will discuss recent joint work with C. Bellettini and O. Chodosh. The work taken together establishes sharp regularity conclusions, compactness and curvature estimates for any family of codimension 1 integral $n$-varifolds satisfying: (i) locally uniform mass and $L^{p}$ mean curvature bounds for some $p > n;$ (ii) two structural conditions and (iii) two variational hypotheses on the orientable regular parts, namely, stationarity and (weak) stability with respect to the area functional for volume preserving deformations (supported on the regular parts).

Distribution of the integral points on quadrics

Naser Talebi Zadeh Sardari
University of Wisconsin Madison
January 9, 2019
Motivated by questions in computer science, we consider the problem of approximating local points (real or p-adic points) on the unit sphere S^d optimally by the projection of the integral points lying on R*S^d, where R^2 is an integer. We present our numerical results which show the diophantine exponent of local point on the sphere is inside the interval [1, 2-2/d]. By using the Kloosterman's circle method, we show that the diophantine exponent is less than 2-2/d for every d>3.

Barcodes and $C^0$ symplectic topology

Sobhan Seyfaddini
ENS Paris
December 17, 2018
Hamiltonian homeomorphisms are those homeomorphisms of a symplectic manifold which can be written as uniform limits of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms. One difficulty in studying Hamiltonian homeomorphisms (particularly in dimensions greater than two) has been that we possess fewer tools for studying them. For example, (filtered) Floer homology, which has been a very effective tool for studying Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms, is not well-defined for homeomorphisms.

Two questions of Landis and their applications

Eugenia Malinnikova
NTNU; von Neumann Fellow, School of Mathematics
December 14, 2018
We discuss two old questions of Landis concerning behavior of solutions of second order elliptic equations. The first one is on
propagation of smallness for solutions from sets of positive measure,
we answer this question and as a corollary prove an estimate for eigenfunctions of Laplace operator conjectured by Donnelly and Fefferman. The second question is on the decay rate of solutions of the Schrödinger equation, we give the answer in dimension two. The talk is based on joint work with A. Logunov, N. Nadirashvili, and F. Nazarov.

Harmonic maps into singular spaces

Brian Freidin
Brown University; Visitor, School of Mathematics
December 11, 2018
In the 90's, Gromov and Schoen introduced the theory of
harmonic maps into singular spaces, in particular Euclidean buildings,
in order to understand p-adic superrigidity. The study was quickly
generalized in a number of directions by a number of authors. This
talk will focus on the work initiated by Korevaar and Schoen on
harmonic maps into metric spaces with curvature bounded above in the
sense of Alexandrov. I will describe the variational characterization